In Gate's article I was most intrigued by the idea of the economic factors of language. Gates stated in his article that literacy is " the emblem that links racial alienation with economic alienation" (Gates, 6) This thought can apply to so many places today in 2012. For me, I automatically thought of lower reading and writing levels in impoverished areas in the US as well as many countries across the globe. I thought of different uses of slang and jargon by people of different economic statuses. Gates used the example of Phillis Wheatley, a slave who wrote a book of poems and had to go up against a council of 18 judges to prove that she was the one who wrote them. From this example he worked to the point of saying that when slaves began to write they were seen as more human? On page 12 he said "Writing stood as a complex 'certificate of humanity'". Is it because writing is a form of communication? Intelligence? Learning ability? I think this is a powerful statement, while I may be taking this a little out of context, and I definitely can see where he is coming from in this argument but there's so many factors that I'm not sure I agree with it completely.